Is the area poised for a comeback? Sunday’s editorial sure hopes so:
Spring is nearly here. Blooms are starting to peek out and pollen will soon fill the air. It’s an optimistic time of year as the world wakes from its wintry slumber, and this year we’ve got even more reason for optimism: building signs are popping up around town, and construction sites are buzzing once more.
The national jobless report released Friday morning held good news for all of us concerned about the economy, but particularly good news for our region, as many of our main industries were among the top job creators. Construction businesses added 48,000 jobs. Leisure and hospitality added 24,000. And retailers added 23,700. All three are major drivers of our local employment situation, and after years of attempting to claw our way out of the hole dug in the recession, it’s encouraging to see some daylight at last.